Jose Mourinho has insisted Manchester City remain the favourites to win the Premier League title because they have their destiny in their own hands.
Chelsea opened up a four-point gap following their 3-1 victory over Fulham and Arsenal’s shock defeat at Stoke, but could still fall behind Manchester City who have two games in hand.
While Liverpool's 3-0 at Southampton saw them climbing into second spot, gameless City slipped to fourth, and Chelsea could even widen their advantage next weekend when all their title contenders are sitting out due to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Chelsea boss, however, sees Manchester City in the driving seat for the title.
"I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only City have destiny in their hands,” the Portuguese said.
"If I win every game until the end of the season, all 10 - which we won't - maybe we are not champions.
"If they win all 12 games they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands."
Mourinho also explained why Samuel Eto’o didn’t even make the match-day squad, despite labelling the Cameroonian as the Blues best striker on home soil.
"There's nothing wrong with Samuel,” he added.
“I just felt in this kind of match - away from home, against normally defensive teams, aggressive defenders - I thought to go with Fernando and, if I need to risk in the last part of the game, I'd use Demba.
"You see, Eto'o scores goals but at home. He scores in the league, in the Champions League but all of them at home.
"Playing away is more difficult for him. I think he is our best striker to play at home because of his technique, his movement and his understanding with Eden (Hazard) and Oscar.
"For me, he is best to play at home. Away he is showing some difficulties."
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